Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park

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Grenada's Underwater Museum

People travel from all over the world to see this haunting monument that exists forever beneath the sea, which has been defined as a moment frozen in time.

Vicissitudes,” deCaires Taylor

Grenada’s Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park is a collection of ecological underwater art sculptures set in a National Marine Park. Because of recent storm damage to the park, the judicious placement of artificial structures gives a new habitat for marine species to thrive. Furthermore, the sculptures provide a distraction while also aiding in the protection of other fragile coral reefs in the region.

In May 2006, the world’s first underwater sculpture park opened to the public. A variety of cement statues symbolize the local community’s rise from the ocean floor, attracting visitors. The numerous collections, which largely feature human shapes, are simply stunning.

A variety of colors and patterns develop as sea life begins to flourish on the surface of each piece, creating a magnificent aesthetic. Each sculpture is termed “living art” since it changes throughout time in response to the effects of the natural environment.

The site, which was created by artist Jason deCaires Taylor in 2006, was named one of National Geographic’s 25 Wonders of the World. Vicissitudes, a ring of youngsters holding hands facing out into nutrient-rich oceanic currents, is the most well-known work. This piece is “a sign of solidarity and resilience,” according to underwatersculpture.com. They are an illustration of how the nutrients we consume inscribe and shape us. However, because of the structural connections that resemble shackles and the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the Middle Passage, it was often understood as a monument to slavery.”

Molinere Bay in Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park

The sculptures were created with concrete and rebar  (short for reinforcing bar) in an environmentally sensitive manner, providing an excellent surface for marine life to thrive. These man-made reefs have attracted a diverse assortment of marine life over time. The sculptures have also undergone dynamic changes as a result of unique underwater factors such as sea surge, wave action, and currents, all of which have influenced and changed the sculptures in their own ways.

Jason deCaires Taylor

Who is Jason deCaires Taylor?

Jason deCaires Taylor, the son of a Guyanese mother and an English father, was born in 1974. With his parents, he traveled widely between Europe and Asia as a boy, spending most of his time researching Malaysia’s coral reefs.

He visited the waters and took stunning images of the underwater fauna as a graduate of London Art University. He became well-known for his ocean pictures and underwater sculptures as a result of his outstanding work. Many newspapers and media outlets, such as CNN, BBC, USA Today, The Guardian, Vogue, Discovery Channel, and others, have written about him.

He now resides in Cancun, Mexico, where he serves as Artistic Director of the Subaquatic Museum of Art (MUSA). In Mexico, he has created over 400 underwater sculptures. Do not hesitate to visit his website to see all of his work.

Visitors to Grenada’s Mt. Parnassus Inn vacation rental will find that the National Marine Park is only a 15-minute drive. The National Marine Park is easily accessible via a short boat ride from St. Georges or Grand Anse. The waters of Moliniere Bay are mostly clear and shallow, and the sculpture garden can be explored by divers and snorkelers or partially viewed from a glass-bottomed boat.

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